F/AB-336 – Chamechaude – 2082m

Abstract:

August 26, 2018; 08:35 – 09:20 UTC
My first activation of Chamechaude – the highest summit in Chartreuse.

Wx: sunny with occasional clouds, 7C at the car park, windy and cold at the top.
Walking time up: 1:45 h, down: 1:00 h (approx. 750m)

31 CW QSOs on 40m, 5 CW QSOs on 30m, 5 CW QSOs on 20m
Conditions on 40m were fair, 30m was also ok but little activity. 20m was really poor with deep QSB and almost no spots on RBN. Later I learned that a CME hit earth’s magnetic field and caused a k- index of 7 (!)

k-Index_2018-08-25

Rig: KX3 / 10W, 2200mAh LiPo, Palm Pico Paddle
Ant: EFHW Dipole  (40m, 30m, 20m) as inverted L on a 6m squid pole

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F/AB-389 – Charmant Som – 1867m

Abstract:

August 25, 2018; 16:00 UTC
My first activation of Charmant Som- the second time I was standing on top.

Wx: Cloudy and fog on the summit, light drizzle.
Walking time up: 30 min. down: 20 min.
Ascent: approx. 200m from the farm (1669m)
Descent: approx. 200m back to the farm.

1 CW QSO on 30m, hence the activation did not qualify 😦
Poor condx on 20m and 30m and a contest on 40m

Rig: KX3 / 10W, 2200mAh LiPo, Palm Pico Paddle
Ant: EFHW Dipole (40m, 30m, 20m) as inverted L on a 6m squid pole

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F/AB-342 – Dent de Crolles – 2062m (2)

Abstract:

August 20, 2018; 09:35 – 10:15 UTC
My second activation of Dent de Crolles.

Wx:  about 17 C, sunny but the usual cloud on top.
Walking time up approx. 2:15 h, down not known as we took several breaks and visited a cave.

19 CW QSOs on 20m, 7 CW QSOs on 30m, 5 CW QSOs on 40m
Very good condx on 20m, even some RBN spots from VE, lots of QSB on 40m.

Rig: KX3 / 10W, 2200mAh LiPo, Palm Pico Paddle
Ant: EFHW Dipole  (40m, 30m, 20m) as inverted L on a 6m squid pole

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